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When you're a photographer, being able to capture the views you love can make or break a shoot. Lighting and composition can only go so far in a world where people are capturing every little detail, after all.
To be able to capture the full surrounding area you see, you need to get a specialty camera that lets you have complete control over your captures. Ricoh, one of the most high-tech companies on the net, recently revealed a 360-degree video camera that can grab stills that show every angle. That's right, they make more than just your office printer, and they work magic when it comes to cameras.
The Ricoh Theta, as it's called, is one of the newest VR cameras to hit the market—and if you get one, your photography will never be the same.
This is the Ricoh Theta V.
Ricoh designed it to be one of the most cutting-edge cameras in the world, and honestly, they did a damn good job of it. This digital camera uses two 12 megapixel sensors to capture spherical images that blend together for a perfect 360-degree view.
The Theta S is meant to be a camera that captures everything, no matter how quickly it happens. It also is designed for use on the go, making it perfect for professionals who want to add more specialty scenes to their portfolios. If you're thinking about how to build a travel photography portfolio—or any kind of portfolio, really—the unique shots you'll get with the Theta S will help you stand out.
Along with offering great content creation for standard 2-D vision, the Theta V's captures are also VR-compatible.
It's no secret that virtual reality is now becoming the hot new way to experience video. More and more people either have a computer or game console that can handle VR. Photographers and videographers that want to offer their content in innovative ways might want to grab the Ricoh Theta sooner rather than later.
This is one of the only cameras on the market that is totally compatible with standard commercial VR headsets. So, you get to give your viewers a new way of looking at things with Theta's spherical camera.
High definition videos and stills are the norm with the Theta V.
A 360-degree view doesn't mean anything if it doesn't involve high quality imagery, and Ricoh's engineering team definitely understood this. That's why they designed the Theta with HD in mind.
The camera has a very wide f/2 aperture that automatically adjusts with light fluctuations. It also comes with auto-focus controls that capture faces no matter what's going on during your video or still shoot.
Still shutter speeds range from one minute per photo to 1/6400 per second. With an ISO range from 100 to 1600, you never have to worry about choosing between dim lighting and keeping things sharp.
The Ricoh Theta V is the latest in the Theta line and it's the only one that's capable of capturing everything in rich 4K quality.
It's share-friendly tech.
Once, not too long ago, it took a serious amount of effort to share photos that you took on a professional-grade camera. Ricoh set out to change this by making every Theta model they created to have built-in Wi-Fi. After all, everything nowadays needs Wi-Fi.
All you need to do to share your pictures on social media is connect to the mobile device of your choosing. From there, you can get a live view image that you can share as you see fit.
Use Ricoh's apps to edit your photos and videos via your phone.
A little bit of editing can do a world of good, and Ricoh managed to make it easier than ever. The company has unveiled several dedicated apps that give users ways to edit their shots, focus on specific points, share their work with friends, and even add background music to videos.
Currently, a total of three different apps are available for Theta users to enjoy. Some focus on video editing, others on audio, and still more work to make sharing a breeze. No matter what mobile device you use, you'll find an app to streamline your recording.
You get to decide how you want to use the camera.
Though there are other cameras that offer 360-degree views, none are quite as versatile as the Theta line of cameras. That's what makes it a winner, even among other photography champions.
You get to choose whether you want settings to be automatically set, or whether you want to manually toggle things to your liking. You get to choose whether you do video or stills, HD or regular, and what lighting levels you get.
Recording has never been simpler.
With a camera as advanced as the Ricoh Theta, you might expect it to take a million minutes just to set up a single shot. You'd be wrong; all you need to do in order to get amazing videos is push a single button. Amazing, isn't it?
It's so easy to use, even a child can do it. The ease of use is welcomed, for even professional videographers benefit from sharing their work on social media. In an age of interconnectedness, beginners and professionals alike have the opportunity to share their photography and 360 degree videos with the world.
The opportunities for use are endless.
Photographers have been using the Theta for a wide range of different shoot types, including more casual shots like selfies and event photos. Pros who have a Theta have found them to be very useful for capturing night skies, store surroundings, real estate shots, as well as art photos.
The gorgeous colors that the Theta offers, the high definition shots, and the 360-degree experience makes this a one-of-a-kind camera that will set your photography apart from the rest.
Plus, one of the shooting tips for new photographers is to take a lot of photos. You want to bring your camera everywhere, so that you're ready to take a picture whenever the opportunity presents itself. The Ricoh Theta S is so compact, it makes it easy to accomplish that goal.
You can do more with a Theta, period.
No matter what kind of photography you want to do, a Ricoh Theta V will act as an amazing tool to have in your arsenal. If you're tired of the norm, then maybe it's time to get a broader view of the world with a Theta...don't you think? If you need a reminder about why you love photography, trying something completely new with the Theta's 360-degree videos will be exactly what you need to rekindle your passion.